Looking to get into wing foiling - need help with boards

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Looking to get into wing foiling - need help with boards

Post by cperlmutter » Mon May 25, 2020 11:35 pm

Hi,
I'm looking to start wing foiling this season. I have taken a kiteboarding lesson and messed around a few times years ago but I am not an experienced kiteboarder. I've had my own SUPs for years and have SUPd all over the bay; I haven't tried ocean yet. The wings are pretty straightforward, but I am having a hard time understanding which foil boards would be ideal (it seems like there are SUP foils, surf foils, kite foils). From reading some tutorials and blogs it seems like I would want a board thats 80-90L (I weigh 175lbs). I am open to new or used boards but would prefer used for now. It sounds like I can start out with my SUP board and learn the wing, but once I've done that I should move up to a foil.

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Re: Looking to get into wing foiling - need help with boards

Post by jupitersup » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:58 pm

Could you share the link that references rider weight to liters in this thread please?
80-90L (I weigh 175lbs)
While it's nice to have a wing for those areas that don't allow rigging a kite, such as high altitude lakes, I highly recommend pushing on with your lessons as it's MUCH more fun with a kite in hand than one of these wings. Think windsurfing vs kitesurfing and while both are fun, kiting gets you more vertical freedom than ever possible on a windsurf sail.

SUP boards float you while climbing out of water on to them and make it possible to get out of the water to a standing position. Meaning it's easier to re-launch after you go down. I've seen some giant boards on foils, used for the start, and once up on the foil the board should disappear unless it's too big. With that being said, get as small a SUP as possible to allow you to get from water to standing position, in order to get a more nimble feel under your feet.

Something like this works well for getting started, but it's huge and not nimble on a foil https://boardsportscalifornia.com/produ ... er-series/

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